The meetings at Euro 2020 have put in quite a show and this weekend will bring the biggest showdown, Portugal vs Germany. India also takes on New Zealand in the first-ever WTC final, meaning our entertainment dose for the weekend is pretty much sorted. But if you’re the one straying from the sports gang, we’ve got a simple suggestion: a binge of the best movies of 2021 (so far). Are you in?
Weekend movie marathon: Best movies of 2021 to watch in one weekend
1. The White Tiger – Netflix
It is set in present day India, starring Rajkummar Rao and Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Adarsh Gourav in the lead roles, The White Tiger is an adaptation of the Man Booker award-winning novel of the same name by Indo-Australian author Aravind Adiga, and a damn excellent one. From Adarsh Gourav’s on-screen character growth (he also won a Best Lead Actor – International at AACTA Awards) to the stunning screenplay and dramatic storytelling, the Netflix movie has it all. The film follows Gourav’s epic rise as Balram Halwai, a poor chauffeur/servant whose ambition to become the master makes for a wonderfully dark and humorous tale.
2. Judas and Black Messiah – BookMyShow Stream
If nothing else, Daniel Kaluuya’s performance, which eventually earned him his first Oscar, is reason enough to check out this gem. A story about Willian O’Neal, who infiltrates the Illinois division of the Black Party after an FBI plea deal. Judas and the Black Messiah brilliantly depicts the black history in the United States of America. A movie that is quite inspiring, you have to see it this weekend.
3. Zack Snyder’s Justice League – BookMyShow Stream
If you’re a true DC fan and haven’t seen it yet, we’re starting to question your loyalty a bit. For others, the four-hour runtime can be intimidating, but the director’s cut is also a better proposition than the theatrical release. And while we were disappointed with the 2017 production of Justice League, this 2021 cut makes up for everything.
4. Minari – Amazon Prime Video
threatening has seven awards to show for its excellence. The South Korean film intricately takes audiences on a realistic journey of the American Dream. Steve Yeung plays the father of a family that moves to the US Midwest to grow exotic Korean fruits and climb the social ladder. There are many situations that challenge this family, but they realize their resilience and pick up the pieces little by little.
5. I care a lot about Netflix
Netflix’s dark comedy spectacle, I care a lot The film’s lead actress, Rosamund Pike, earned the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy. The plot follows her as Marla Grayson, a professional court-appointed guardian of dozens of senior wards and her clever get-rich-quick tactics.
6. A Night in Miami – Amazon Prime Video
Directed by Regina King, One night in Miami is a fictional retelling of an iconic moment in history when three of the most popular black Americans at the time met in Florida. On the night of February 25, 1964, Cassius Clay, Sam Cooke and Malcolm X meet as they discuss the responsibility a successful black man has during the ongoing civil rights movement. While it didn’t do best in the Award season, the film won three special awards: Independent Spirit Robert Altman Award, Gotham Independent Film Award for Breakthrough Actor, and Campari Passion for Film Award. Even without these, the film is very worthy of its place on this list.
7. Malcolm & Marie – Netflix
Directed by Sam Levinson, this black-and-white novel charts the events after a filmmaker (played by John David Washington) and his girlfriend (played by Zendaya) return from a celebratory movie premiere to the house they share. Malcolm & Marie follows a conversation tone, with almost no pauses for breath, it grabs and then relieves you and grabs you again. The film has won awards for its screenplay and acting – two facets that make this film one of the best films of 2021.
The White Tiger
With: Rajkummar Rao, Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Adarsh Gourav
Release date: January 2021
Malcolm & Marie
Starring: Zendaya, John David Washington
Release date: 2021
I care a lot
Starring: Rosamund Pike, Peter Dinklage, Eiza González, Dianne Wiest
Release date: February 2021